Issue Date:12th OCT'2010
Winnie the Pooh is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. The first collection of stories about the character was the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), and this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Milne also included a poem about the bear in the children’s verse book When We Were Very Young (1924) and many more in Now We Are Six (1927). All four volumes were illustrated by E. H. Shepard. The hyphens in the character's name were later dropped when The Walt Disney Company adapted the Pooh stories into a series of Winnie the Pooh features that became one of the company's most successful franchises worldwide: see Winnie the Pooh (Disney). The Pooh stories have been translated into many languages, including Alexander Lenard's Latin translation, Winnie ille Pu, which was first published in 1958, and, in 1960, became the only Latin book ever to have been featured on the New York Times Best Seller List.Since the 1970s, Pooh Bear has been voiced by three actors: Sterling Holloway, Hal Smith and Jim Cummings
Pooh and his friends: Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo and Owl – feature on the six sheet stamps, while the friendship between Pooh and Christopher Robin is the focus of the four 1st Class stamps in the Miniature Sheet.Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: “We know that Winnie-the-Pooh is a stamp issue that will rekindle many fond memories for people of all ages.
“He is rightly regarded as the world’s most popular classic children’s book character and we are delighted that we could use E.H. Shepard’s original illustrations to bring Pooh and his friends to life on millions of stamps.”
Winnie-the-Pooh is Royal Mail’s contribution to the PostEurop theme for 2010 of ‘children’s books’ The “Europa” logo is included on both 1st Class stamps.
- 1st Class – Winnie-the Pooh and Christopher Robin- Christopher Robin and Pooh illustration taken from AA Milne's book of verse Now we are Six.
- 60p – Christopher Robin reads to Winnie-the-Pooh -Pooh eats too much on a visit to Rabbit’s burrow and is too fat to get out of the hole. Christopher Robin reads to him while he waits to slim down from ‘Pooh goes visiting’ in Winnie-the-Pooh.
- 88p – Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin set sail-Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher robin set sail in an umbrella named The Brain of Pooh when ‘Piglet is surrounded by water’ in Winnie-the-Pooh.
- 97p – Christopher Robin pulls on his Wellingtons-In preparation for ‘The Exposition to the North Pole’ Christopher Robin pulls on his Wellington boots from Winnie-the-Pooh.
Miniature Sheet Technical Details
Number of stamps-Four
Size of Sheet-115mm x 89mm
Acknowledgments -Illustrations © Disney, based on the ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ works by AA Milne and EH Shepard
Stamp Format- Square
Stamp Size- 35mm x 35mm
Printer- Walsall Security Printing
Print Process- lithography
Perforations- 14.5 x 14
Phosphor- All over
Remark: This is a beautiful M/s from GB.The stamps and Miniature sheet stamps are different.I have received both the FDC.In most of the countries whenever they issue stamps and miniature sheets, same stamps are used in both but some countries have different stamps like this one.Thanks for visiting my blog.